Young Richmondshire runners compete at highest level

Richmond School and Sixth Form College students Luke Hack and Harry Robson.

Young athletes from Richmond School are in the running after competing at the highest level.

Richmond School and Sixth Form College students Luke Hack and Harry Robson are becoming forces to be reckoned with as they develop their athletic skills.

Luke competes successfully at cross country during the winter and on the track at 800m and 1500m as the athletics season gets under way.

Already a first reserve with the English Schools, he competed recently at the National Cross Country Championships in Nottingham.

I have been running competitively for about seven years and find North Yorkshire a great place to train because of all the hills,” said Luke, 17, of Brompton-on-Swale, a member of Richmond and Zetland Harriers.

I really enjoy the tactics of running as I’m never quite sure what I will need to do in each race. I’d love to compete for my country either in cross country or athletics so I’ll see how things go.”

Luke is also delighted to mirror his sporting success with his academic achievements and he has been offered a place at Loughborough University to read maths.

Harry, 16, of Catterick Village, is enjoying success in cross country, triathlon and duathlon events after seven years of competition.

He is the current 800m indoor North Yorkshire champion, has competed in national events and will take part soon in European and World Duathlon qualifiers.

Harry said: “I love competition and can’t think of anything better than competing for my country.”

Assistant head teacher Leslie Richardson said: “Everyone at school is thrilled with Luke’s achievements in sport and in the classroom. Loughborough University will be an excellent place for him to study maths and develop his considerable skills in sport.

Harry shows such passion and dedication to his running and I’m sure has the strength of spirit to go far. I am sure he will also achieve well in his Business and Sport courses where he already working at Merit level.”